5 Shows Most Likely To Sell Out First!
With nearly all of the 90+ different shows at this year’s Ventnor Fringe now on sale, alongside masses of free events too, it can be hard to decide to what to see. In the lead up to the Fringe we’ll be posting regular articles with information, ideas, interviews and updates to help you find the perfect events for you and make the most of the festival.
First up, we take a look at the shows we think are most likely to sell out first…
1.) Love, Loss and Head Lice
Hygeia House (Downtown) 64 High Street, PO38 1LT
On the opening night of the Fringe, two veterans of the Festival host their first show as a duo in the form of ‘Love, Loss and Head Lice’. Billed as a macabre yet light-hearted show in which Doolally and Reid, two women in their 30s, obsessively pick over the highs, the lows and the dreary middles of modern love, told through the medium of spoken word and song. With a big local following, we know it’s guaranteed to be popular.
Taking place in one of our new venues, this old pub in the centre of town will be transformed into a hub of creativity and re-born as Hygeia House, named after Ventnor’s emblem, the Greek goddess of good health. Hosting a gin bar, gallery and intimate theatre with 4 shows a day, it’s a microcosm of the Fringe itself!
Tues 23rd July / 21:00hrs / Tickets: £6 / 18+
This venue has step free access. Front row seats or wheelchair space can be reserved by calling (01983) 716767 or booking in person at Ventnor Exchange. Unfortunately, as a ‘pop up’ venue, there is no disabled toilet at this venue.
2.) Gráinne Maguire: Guys, It’s Problematic
Comedy & Cabaret Tent (Parkside) Park Avenue, PO38 1LB
Award-winning comedian Gráinne Maguire bring a sparkling, exhilarating and life-affirming show about why we should all be Team Titanic. A writer on 8 Out of 10 Cats and The Last Leg, she has had sold out shows at Ventnor Exchange, but this is her first performance at Ventnor Fringe. Advance ticket sales are already strong and this looks likely to be one of the first stand up shows to sell out this year.
Weds 24th July / 20:30hrs / Tickets: £10 / Conc. £8 / Friends 2for1 / 16+
This venue has step free access. Front row seats or wheelchair space can be reserved by calling (01983) 716767 or booking in person at Ventnor Exchange. A disabled toilet will be available at this venue.
3.) Poetry, Autism and Me
The Book Bus (Downtown) Church Street, PO38 1SW
In this frank and blisteringly honest debut, Island native P.W. Gates combines a candid discussion into what it’s like to be an autistic writer in the 21st century with a collection of her poetry.
Performed in the beautiful ‘Book Bus’ events in this intimate space sell out quickly as capacity is very limited. However, if you miss out you can visit during the daytimes for free when it is open from 10:00hrs – 18:00hrs
Weds 24th & Thurs 25th July / 18:30hrs / Tickets: £3 / 16+
This is an old fashioned vehicle with two steps to gain access and which a wheelchair would not be able to fit into. There are rails and people on hand to help those who can make the two steps. A disabled toilet is located in St. Catheirne’s Church, next to The Book Bus.
4.) Drunk Women Solving Crime
Ventnor Arts Club (Downtown) 13 High Street, PO38 1RZ
One of the most talked about new comedy podcasts of the last year comes to Ventnor on the back of its sell out London residency. Drunk Women Solving Crime is a true crime podcast with a twist…of lime. Each episode sees the boozed-up panel of writer/comedian hosts Catie Wilkins, Taylor Glenn and Ventnor local Hannah George, welcome a top guest to test out their drunk detective skills and solve true crime cases.
Tickets for this event are flying out and it could well be the first sold out show of the Fringe – be quick!
Sat 27th July / 17:00hrs & 19:00hrs / Tickets: £10 / 16+
There is one step at the entrance into this venue. Front row seats or wheelchair space can be reserved by calling (01983) 716767 or booking in person at Ventnor Exchange. However please note that there is a flight of steps to the toilets in this venue.
5.) CHAMPS @ Harbourside
Harbourside Bar (Harbourside) Ventnor Esplanade, PO38 1JR
Fresh from signing a new record deal with BMG, brothers Mike and David Champion, aka CHAMPS, are flying high with new music and album No3 in the pipeline. We welcome them back to the Ventnor Fringe for a now rare hometown show that is guaranteed to be sold out in advance of the Festival so be quick if you want to get into this one!
Sat 27th July / 19:00hrs / Tickets: £10 / 16+
This venue has step free access. This is a standing gig but chairs/wheelchair space can be reserved by calling (01983) 716767 or booking in person at Ventnor Exchange. A public disabled toilet is located just opposite the venue.